He couldn't believe I was an actor who had created that persona-which is maybe the highest benediction.
Early on, he had commuted from his home in Los Angeles, California, to New York City, New York, every week for 1 year, to film Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986), before the show moved to California, the following year.
In July 1991, after deciding to take a few years' sabbatical from Pee-wee, Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida.
The arrest set off a chain reaction of national media attention that changed the general public's view of Reubens and Pee-wee.
Pee-wee, who was nabbed at an adult movie house, later pleaded no contest to the charge.